OM: The syllable “om” is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads. Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound “OM”. The mantra “OM” is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction).
Shanti (Pali: Santi) simply means “peace”. It’s a beautiful meaning and also a very beautiful sound. The shanti is repeated three times, as are many chants in Buddhism. In Buddhism as well as in Hinduism the threefold Shanti is generally interpreted as meaning the Threefold Peace in body, speech, and mind (i.e. peace in the entirety of one’s being).
Hindu teachings typically end with the words Om shanti shanti shanti as an invocation of peace, and the mantra is also used to conclude some Buddhist devotional ceremonies.
This page is to voice my experiences with yoga and meditation and the developing of both practices, natural skills, state’s of being. In the past i only sporadically dabbled with yoga, meditation, visualization and positive reinforcement. I have had some of my own personal transformations, realizations and have allowed myself to accept and practice these wonderful ways., they are slowly becoming part of my everyday life albeit some days i completely ignore this and i tend to get the feeling of what i have missed out on (unbalanced, tired, cranky, low energy, judging).
I hope if you practice yourself that you enjoy my posts and if you don’t practice i hope you enjoy it too and find some comfort in it.
Yoga for me is not about having to be the best one in the class or doing the deepest meditation sitting on one toe with my hands crossed, its about connecting my mind, body,spirit and emotions as one balanced and centered creation and living on that the positive energy as much as i can. Absorbing the information my body and intuition is telling me. One of my favorite parts about yoga is chanting, its gives me the most wholesome feelings of balance, peace and unity and really enjoy when my teacher moves into that part of class. I also enjoy saying it myself or listening to it when i feel i need some centering.